Hoover House residents relocate to Rose Manor

December 18, 2003|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - This fall, all 17 residents who lived in the Hoover House, a personal care home at 227 W. Main St., moved a block down the street into new assisted living quarters at Rose Manor, the former Leland Hotel, at 120 W. Main St.

Burke Reilly, Rose Manor owner, bought the Hoover House in September from Patricia Clark of Waynesboro, and put the home back on the real estate market.

Reilly said the asking price for the Hoover House, which is listed with a real estate agent, is $230,000.

He said buying the property and moving its residents into Rose Manor made sense.

"We believe in Waynesboro," he said. "Waynesboro has a future. It's turning ever so slowly, but it's a good investment area."


Reilly said "a number of inquiries" have been made from potential buyers who have looked at Hoover House for possible use as an office suite complex, office facilities for a single company, a restaurant and a bed and breakfast. "We're getting some activity," he said.

Clark owned the three-story, 15-room Hoover House since 1987, the year she turned it into a personal care home.

The facility was licensed for 20 beds. "We had residents on all three floors," Clark said.

The living room, dining room, kitchen and three bedrooms were on the first floor. The second floor had five bedrooms and there were four more on the third floor, Clark said. Some units were apartment-size for couples, she said.

Five of Clark's employees went to work at Rose Manor, including Kay Paquette. Paquette was the chef at Hoover House, a position she moved into at Rose Manor.

The house was built in 1912 as a private residence by Ira and Ella Hoover, Clark said. It was later sold to J. Ausherman, who also lived in it, she said.

In the early 1980s, Richard and Joann Eigenbrode bought the Hoover House and turned it into what Joann Eigenbrode called a "full-service upscale restaurant." The Eigenbrodes closed the restaurant and sold the building to Clark.

John Hashempour, a Germantown, Md., jewelry maker, bought the four-story, former Leland Hotel building in March 1997 for $230,000. At the time, the old hotel, which had been converted into apartments, was occupied by longtime tenants.

The building, a downtown landmark for more than a century, takes up much of the southwest corner of West Main Street and Cleveland Avenue.

Hashempour did much of the work renovating the Rose Manor building before he sold it to Reilly's company. Hashempour's original plans were to convert the building into an upscale personal care facility, he said at the time.

Hashempour replaced all of the building's 200-plus windows as well as the roof. He rebuilt the front balcony, replaced most of the plumbing and all of the wiring. He installed a new elevator and sprinkler system and rebuilt the bathrooms. He had the interior walls and ornate woodwork stripped and painted. He installed new carpeting.

Two large hand-painted murals on the wall of what is now the activities center - one, a map of Waynesboro in 1853, the other a mid-19th century view of center square - were uncovered during the renovations and have been restored.

Borough Building Inspector Douglas Pyle said at the time that Hashempour met or exceeded all building codes.

Today, Rose Manor has 58 residents, said Gail Rexrode, director of marketing. The facility is licensed for 94 beds, but the number of tenants probably would not exceed 75, Reilly said.

"Right now we're three-quarters full," he said.

Rates at Rose Manor run from $1,200 a month for a semi-private room, begin at $1,750 for a private room, and go up to $3,200 for an apartment, Rexrode said.

Included are all meals, which the residents eat together in the main dining room, housecleaning and laundry service, some medical needs such as blood sugar and oxygen monitoring and medication management, plus a full schedule of activities and entertainment for the residents.

The staff of full- and part-time employees includes trained residential aides and the activities director.

Reilly owns a similar-size assisted living facility in Ellicott City, Md., also called Rose Manor.

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